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From the Higgs to the Realm of the Unknown

Professor Joe Incandela gives an overview of the decades-long, worldwide effort to construct and operate the LHC accelerator and the ATLAS and CMS experiments that together represent the largest, most complex systems ever built for physics research. He reviews the scientific goals of the LHC program with emphasis on the Higgs boson, whose role in defining the structure and evolution of our universe he says is profound, and whose unusual properties may have extraordinary implications. Incandela was CMS Deputy Physics Coordinator 2007-2009 during a period of intense preparation for data and first physics results. He was appointed CMS Deputy Spokesperson for 2010-2011 when the first data arrived and a serious search for the elusive Higgs particle was finally undertaken. Professor Incandela is the spokesperson for the CMS experiment for 2012 and 2013. On July 4, 2012, he made the historic announcement to a worldwide audience from CERN that a new particle resembling the Higgs boson had been discovered.

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